How To Make French Crêpes

Photography Credit: Sally Vargas

For a dish that seems so fancy, crepes are surprisingly easy to make at home. After all, they are just thin pancakes – but oh, what pancakes!

The ancient origins of crepes are found in Brittany on the coast of France, where their popularity spread to make them one of today’s most beloved national dishes. Crepes can veer sweet or savory with plenty of filling options for either.

Forget about intimidating chef skills or fancy equipment. Crepes require only patience. Once you get the hang of making them, there is no stopping you.

How To make CrepesFor the best results when making crepes, use an 8- to 10-inch non-stick skillet or a seasoned crepe pan. A stainless steel pan may present sticking problems unless it is very well seasoned. A seasoned cast-iron pan may work, but it is heavy and hard to manipulate quickly.

Whip up the smooth batter of eggs, flour and milk in a blender for best results. The batter should be the consistency of heavy cream when you begin cooking the crepes. If it thickens too much while it sits, just stir in a bit more milk. (The flour will thicken the batter the longer it sits, just like with regular pancake batter.)

The batter can also be prepared and kept refrigerated for up to three days.

How To make CrepesThe crepes I’m making with this recipe are sweetened with sugar, but if you’d like to make them savory, just omit the sugar. You could also experiment with adding other flours, such as a combination of white and whole wheat flour. Savory crepes from Brittany are traditionally made with buckwheat flour! You may need to adjust the quantity of milk when working with whole grain flours to get the right consistency.

Sweet or savory, the technique for making crepes is simple: Heat the pan over medium-high heat and rub it with butter from the end of a stick (to add flavor and color). Ladle about 1/3 cup of the batter into the pan, then immediately pick up the pan and tilt it to spread the batter over the bottom of the pan.

Return the pan to the heat for one to two minutes, or just until the bottom of the crepe is browned and the top surface looks set. Slide a rubber spatula around the edge of the pan to loosen the crepe and flip it to the other side using either your fingers or the spatula. Another 30 seconds and your crepe will be done.

As each crepe is cooked, stack it on a plate with the others. Keep cooking until the batter is used, then eat! Cooked and cooled crepes can also be covered with plastic wrap and refrigerated for up to a week. Reheat them in the oven or in a hot pan before filling and serving.

How To make CrepesNow comes the fun part: the filling!

Hot from the pan, sweet crepes can be simpy slathered with butter and sprinkled with sugar and lemon juice. Or you could spread them with your favorite jam and roll up for a quick snack or breakfast treat.

Some more decadent filling ideas include sweetened ricotta and peaches, mascarpone and berries, Nutella, peanut butter or nut butter, whipped cream and chocolate sauce, vanilla ice cream and candied pecans with maple syrup.

Fill savory crepes with ham and cheese, cooked asparagus and cheese, mushrooms and shallots, bacon and eggs, brie and pear, smoked fish and potatoes—the list goes on. And on.

If you can’t get to Paris and stop at every corner for a crepe snack, you certainly can have your own little crêperie at home!

Bon appetit!

How To Make French Crêpes Recipe

  • Prep time: 5 minutes
  • Cook time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings (about 12 crepes)

Use whole milk for best flavor and color.

For savory crepes, skip the sugar and vanilla in the batter.

For the strawberry crepes pictured, blend 2 cups of hulled ripe strawberries with 3 tablespoons of strawberry jam to make a smooth sauce (add additional water as needed to thin). Serve crepes with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, some fresh sliced strawberries, and a few spoonfuls of sauce drizzled over top.

Other sweet fillings and toppings: homemade jam, sweetened ricotta and peaches, mascarpone and berries, Nutella, peanut butter or nut butter, whipped cream and chocolate sauce, vanilla ice cream and candied pecans with maple syrup.

Other savory fillings and toppings: ham and cheese, cooked asparagus and cheese, mushrooms and shallots, bacon and eggs, brie and pear, smoked fish and potatoes


  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 1/3 cups milk
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • Pinch of salt
  • 2 1/3 cups (290g) flour
  • Butter for the pan

Special Equipment:

8- or 10-inch nonstick skillet or crepe pan


1 Make the crepe batter: In a blender, pulse the eggs, milk, sugar, vanilla, salt and flour for 7 to 10 seconds, or until the batter is smooth. Pour into a bowl. (The batter can be refrigerated, covered, for up to 3 days. If the batter thickens too much, add additional milk before cooking to thin it to the consistency of heavy cream.)

How To make Crepes

2 Heat and grease the pan: Heat an 8- or 10-inch non-stick skillet or well-seasoned crepe pan over medium heat until hot. Using one end of a stick of butter, coat the bottom of the pan with a thin layer of melted butter.

3 Start cooking the crepes: Pour 1/3 cup of batter into the center of the pan. Immediately pick up the pan and tilt and swirl it to spread the batter evenly over the bottom.

Cook for 1 to 2 minutes, or until the crepe is golden on the bottom.

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4 Flip the crepe: Use a rubber spatula to loosen the edge of the crepe all around. Hold the edge with your fingertips and gently, but quickly, flip the crepe to the other side (or use a spatula if that feels more comfortable).

5 Cook for another 30 seconds, or until the crepe is golden on the bottom. Slide the finished crepe onto a plate.

How To make Crepes

6 Repeat until all the batter is used, stacking the crepes on top of each other on the plate.

7 Assemble the crepes: Place one crepe on a plate and fill it with your filling of choice. Either roll the crepe or fold it into quarters and top with additional toppings if desired. Serve warm.

If you're not eating them right away, let the crepes cool, then cover the stack with plastic wrap and refrigerate for up to 3 days. Reheat in a buttered skillet.

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Sally Vargas

Sally Pasley Vargas is a freelance writer and the author of two cookbooks (Food for Friends and The Tao of Cooking, Ten Speed Press). She currently writes the column The Confident Cook for The Boston Globe along with seasonal recipes for the Wednesday Food Section.

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  1. Stacy

    This recipe came together just as instructed —- so easy and so delicious. Thank you for the inspiration!

  2. Judy

    In another life I lived in VA. Beach and a crepe restaurant opened right across from my job, LUVed eating there!! Their rattatouille crepes were to die for and now I can trip down memory lane!! Thanks for the recipes!!

  3. Jennifer @ Because Food Is Love

    I love crepes too! They’re so simple and delicious But for some reason I don’t make them that often. You’ve just inspired me to make this yummy food again. Thanks! Btw, I love my crepes with strawberries too

  4. Michael Langevin

    I have been making this same recipe for years now. My wife loves them. We have been married 24yrs and I have been making these for her since I was pitching the woo. :) I think it may have been the over riding factor in her saying yes. That and I am the cook of the family.

    Her favorite filling for her breakfast crepe is a canoli cream filling made with rocatta and heavy whipped cream. One tub of ricotta. One pt of heavy cream, sugar to taste, splash of vanilla to taste. Place ricotta in a mixing bowl or round container. Sprinkle with sugar, I use maybe a tsp. Add the 1/2 tsp of vanilla and mix this up. Taste to add more sugar if you like, put in fridge. Pull your mixing bowl out of the freezer that you put in there to chill while getting your ingredients and ricotta ready. Pour in whipping cream and add 1/2 +/- tsp of sugar to this. Whip this until it is really stiff. My hand mixer takes about 5-6min to get there. I whip till it slows down the mixer. Now gently fold the cream into the cheese. Do not stir but fold. This is it. Pair some strawberries, add blue berries, black berries or any berries and place these on the table. Get your crepes add canoli cream 1-2 Tbs on crepe add berries (wife likes chopped pecans also) Roll up garnish with dab of cream and few berries. She eats two of these. I also serve her this canoli cream in a bowl with strawberries and milk chocolate chips for a desert.

    • Michael A. Lagnevin

      On the crepe recipe I add 1Tbs or vegetable oil to half this recipe so I would add 2Tbs to this much.

  5. Sandy S

    Sally thank you for inspiring me to give your recipe a whirl with a GF flour! One summer in the mid 80’s my small town was lucky enough to have a young French couple earning their ‘bread and butter’ by making crepes in a tent on the sidewalk of the main street.! Oh my! This was my reason for ‘going to town’ that summer! My favorite was filled with a vanilla custard and rhubarb sauce. Truly one of the best desserts I have ever had! Why we do not have crepe shops everywhere, I do not know? But, thank you for your excellent instructions and encouragement to try making them myself.

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